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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

by Washington Irving

Greed and Gluttony Quotes

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Quote #7

I want breath and time to discuss this banquet as it deserves, and am too eager to get on with my story. Happily, Ichabod Crane was not in so great a hurry as his historian, but did ample justice to every dainty. (1.43)

Even the narrator can't keep up with Ichabod's hunger. He would need to be as quick as an auctioneer to list the food he swallowed.

Quote #8

He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate, and chuckling with the possibility that he might one day be lord of all this scene of almost unimaginable luxury and splendor. Then, he thought, how soon he'd turn his back upon the old school-house; snap his fingers in the face of Hans Van Ripper, and every other niggardly patron, and kick any itinerant pedagogue out of doors that should dare to call him comrade! (1.44)

Didn't anyone ever tell Ichabod not to count his chickens before they hatch? He's counting his chickens before the eggs have even been laid. And just when we thought this guy couldn't get any sleazier, we find out that he's ready to turn his back on everyone in his life without blinking an eye.

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